What a privilege it has been to be a part of the LDP program as a mentor. As a former mentee, I know how valuable the program is in teaching leadership theory, providing theological background, and applying it in everyday leadership situations. This year I was invited to be an LDP mentor, and I accepted because of the value I place on the part it played in my own leadership journey. As we took part in the first few days of training I was excited by the enthusiasm of the participants – both mentees and mentors, and the genuine love this group of people have for growing others. It was good to be reminded of the different historical leadership frameworks, and see how they have morphed into current day practices. The Growing Deep framework was referenced and provides us with a model recognising that everyone is our schools is a leader. I think that’s why I felt passionate about accepting a mentor role. With that philosophy it is not only a duty but a calling and an honour to help be part of the process of helping to grow our future leaders so they can in turn grow our students. Christian, and specifically Lutheran leadership has its own shape and nuances. There are challenges in keeping our schools authentic in the way we share the gospel message and at the same time provide excellence in teaching and learning for a different demographic of consumers . The Leadership Development program is one of the few formal training programs which helps equips us for this challenging but highly rewarding role.
As mentor, working collaboratively with other experienced Lutheran leaders helps me to look at my own landscape in a different way, provides an opportunity to share an array of different strategies, and allows me to explore again the role our Lutheran School has in our own Clare Valley community. The mentor training helped me to refocus on the specific coaching skills and techniques used every day with our community. Great PD in itself.
I’m looking forward to working closely with my mentee; learning as much about and from her as I can, so that I can help her to build her own leadership capacity as well as my own. I encourage everyone to consider taking on this role at some time. It’s an exciting space to be in within our Lutheran school system and one where we can all benefit from the wisdom of the room.